Patrick: This is a worldwide issue. With the unstoppable conversion to an energy world based on the use of renewables and energy storage, the need will only grow. We need to look to the institutions such as community colleges, trade schools, and union apprentice programs to help meet the need for the trained folks who can do this work. The resulting jobs pay a strong middle-class wage and will restore the middle class that has been decimated in many countries. It is also an opportunity to retrain folks in dying professions, like coal mining. Also, an opportunity to get more women involved in the building trades. The other approach that is a bit more radical is to look to immigrants who need jobs. In the US, the agriculture industry that is very dependent on workers in the field has learned that kids out of high school, regardless of race and background have no interest in working in our farm fields. Letting immigrants do the jobs that no one else wants takes jobs away from no one and solves a worldwide issue that will help the future global economy.
Does your country have enough three-phase qualified electricians for the huge changes coming in the next 2-15 years?
- Aug 27, 2022 1:16 am GMT
Industry bodies estimate that the United Kingdom needs 65,000 electricians trained and willing to work with three-phase supplies. A large part of that requirement will be driven by the need to vastly expand the UK's electric vehicle charging network, which typically requires a three-phase supply.
As of August 2022, it's estimated that the UK has approximately 15,000 qualified personnel, a shortfall of 50,000. I'm not aware of this being raised as a barrier to the large-scale rollout of electric vehicles, despite the current intention to cease production of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
What's the situation elsewhere in the world? Europe, at least, uses 400V three-phase power in much the same way as in the UK. Do other EU countries have a similar shortfall of trained personnel?
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